White-spotted Rose Beetle

Oxythyrea funesta

White-spotted Rose Beetle Oxythyrea funesta

A shiny metallic black/bronze (also greenish)  beetle which is covered in white spots and long white hairs. The hairs disappear as the beetle matures. The pronotum has 6 white spots arranged in two rows of 3 spots each. Length 8 to 12mm.

The larvae feed on plant roots, and the adults feed on pollen of various plants, and may become serious pests in fruit orchards.

Seen May to July, and found in deciduous woods, hedgerows and orchards. Found mainly in the south and the Midlands.


June 2013, local hedgerow, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013.

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